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Rwanda Uganda Border Closure Impacts Tourism

Katuna Border

The Rwanda- Uganda border crossing closure started way back in early 2019 with Rwanda citing insecurity and safety breach for its citizens who travel to Uganda. This issue that many thought to be simple turned out to be one of the serious diplomatic issues between two former friendly neighbors whose love has gone sour.

Both countries have traded accusations of interference in each other’s affairs. Such allegations were though to cause political instabilities in a near future. The Uganda- Rwanda relationship deteriorated when Uganda arrested some Rwandans who it claimed to be spies for the land of a thousand hills. Such dark moments forced President Kagame of Rwanda to order for the closure of the border for citizens of both countries. However tourists were freely allowed to roam both countries without any restriction.

A strong warning (taken as a travel advisory) was passed to Rwanda citizens not to go to Uganda though some few Ugandans and cargo trucks were allowed to cross. Due to scarcity, some Rwanda citizens used to sneak to Uganda through illegal pathways to buy basic needs like food, medicine and so on.

When COVID-19 pandemic reached Uganda and Rwanda, it was mandatory for each country to close its borders completely to prevent the spread to the Virus. Both countries did close their borders but Rwanda did not ease the travel restrictions until today, no cargo and human being is allowed to cross via borders apart from Kigali international Airport.

As a travel writer, I cannot tell when the border will be open but the effects of border closure are many and increasing. Both countries and citizens are affected socially, Politically, Financially and Educationally among others.

Below are some of the effects:

Uganda and Rwanda governments have lost revenue from trade. According to the latest World Bank Data from 2017, Rwanda was Uganda’s fifth biggest export market, selling about $180m worth of goods. Rwanda meanwhile exported $10m worth to Uganda.

For more information, Citizens of both countries have greatly lost as their businesses are struggling. Sales from businesses around border posts are declining which has stimulated high rate of un employment.

Smuggling is increasing because some people sneak in either country through illegal pathways with their commodities for sale. In the process, many items enter the markets un taxed making countries lose much revenue. There is a worry that harmful products may start entering countries.

illegal border crossing is the order of the day as citizens are trying to look for greener pastures in another country. Rwanda citizens feel suffocated because many used to take their children to Uganda and sometimes could cross to obtain basic needs from Uganda side.

Many tour operators are crying, saying that their business is sinking because some tourists book Uganda trips by prefer flying to Kigali and then cross.  It becomes hectic for tour operators to organize trips that crosses borders. Rwanda has been the main gateway for tourists looking for gorilla safaris in Uganda since it takes just as few as 6 hours to travel from Kigali to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Mgahinga National Park. With many travelers who have booked trips that depart Kigali, travelers have been forced to change their flights to Entebbe so that they can be able to proceed with their trips.

Many people have lost jobs especially drivers, tour guides, porters, traders among others. Such people used to access each country to do business which is no longer happening.

Other neighboring countries like Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) are affected in terms of trade. Some commodities from Kenya reached Burundi and DRC through Uganda which is no longer the case. Today, such nations incur more costs of transporting goods through far and distant routes instead.

Loss of diplomatic relationship between Uganda’s president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and Rwanda’s Paul Kagame.  According to the agreement set by East African Community, they allowed from movement and trade within member countries.

-Security is tight among the two countries. Rwanda has on several occasions shoot at individuals who have dared cross the border. Some have lost life and Rwanda has termed many of the culprits as smugglers!

-Reduced spread of diseases especially COVID-19

The restrictions on the border movements have reduced the spread of the Covid-19 Virus. Today Rwanda is among the best countries that have controlled the spread of the novel pandemic on the African continent. It should be noted that the country has also embarked on vaccinating its citizens and it is among the first African countries to start this campaign.

 

How Car Rental in Uganda Can Turn You Into Pro Traveler

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Car Rental

Whereas most travelers take a holiday simply for chilling and relaxation, it is of no doubt that others also opt to explore and discover what a destination holds for the world. Depending on your travel interests are for the coming holiday, renting a car in Uganda is exceptionally the best way for you to realize your dreams in this spectacular destination. We offer widest range of car rentals and clients won’t lack a choice and all are suited within your budget and travel needs. Our fleets range from safari cars, corporate car rentals to bridal cars. Hiring one simply allows you to sit back and you enjoy the ride as our professional driver guide takes you through distinct tourist sites that Uganda offers to the world. Uganda is described as the pearl of Africa, meaning travelers have all that Africa offers to the world. Whether you are interested in guided safaris or self drive tours, your travel needs are all covered with our luxurious and comfortable car rentals.

Below are some of the ways that you can really enjoy your ride in Uganda

Get off the beaten track

Depending on public mode of transportation means that you can only navigate through paths where buses or matatus can reach. And given that most of Uganda’s remotest protected areas aren’t reached by most of the buses or even taxis, renting a safari car can be the best option for you to navigate through the remotest areas even when it is a wet season when most of these routes tend to be muddy and hence making it very challenging for visitors to achieve their dreams in Africa. Hiring a car with us offers you amazing opportunity to realize that long term dream. We arrange guided tours, self drive adventures and many more depending on what you are interested.

When it comes to safaris, getting lost of part of it and it is one way for you adventure new destinations. The only challenge can come in you have set off for longer distance and you are on a hurry to drive back to the hotel. However, with our safari cars which come with GPS, there is no need to get worried but rather enjoy your ride Comfortability while locating the places that you have reached to.

Come along with your picnic, given that not all areas that you will reach will be offering lunch, packing a picnic lunch ideally plays a big role while you are on road trip to any destination in Uganda. You can grab some local products and come with them in your car and you will be sorted at the end of the day. The trip can be enjoyable but not at all times, you can feel hungry and the whole journey you spend while yarning.

Taking photographs isn’t a crime but rather it is part of your journey. Meaning it is not costly for you to pack your camera and shoot your pictures at your own pace. It hurts when you land into the species of your interest and you have no camera but rather you become spectator as others are busy taking them. First it won’t be an interesting trip and you won’t have any evidence to show your friends or family members back home that you were for a vacation to Uganda’s national park say Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park or Mgahinga National Park for mountain gorilla trekking.

Time management is a very important factor when it comes to travel. Your time in the destination can be minimal but make sure that you are patient enough as this will come with amazing views of wildlife species that you may have interest in. To be on safer side, make sure that you report to tourist site of your interest as earlier as possible to avoid doing things on a hurry.

Observe the travel tips

Interacting with local residents is ideally one of the perfect things to do when it comes to safaris in any destination. This means that you have to observe the tips other visitors can provide you. You realize that most of them have been to this destination some years back and they have prior knowledge and ideas that of value to you too. Make sure that you are flexile enough for any changes in your itinerary and take time to search for amazing adventures. Things can be better especially when you embark on safari using your ride or rather self drive which allows you do lots of things along way and at within your own pace.

Be spontaneous, if you have always been in fixed travel itineraries and you were able to view a few attractions, it is a high time you explored lots of attractions that Uganda offers to the world travelers. Hiring one of our 4wheel drive cars is the best way for you to realize you dreams. Embark on self drive adventure and have the most flexible and comfortable trip in your life with one of our perfect self drive fleets.

In conclusion, to gain more while on Uganda road trip you will need hire that comfortable and luxurious car that meets your travel demands and you won’t regret spending a vacation in Uganda.

How Tourists Evade High Gorilla Permit Prices for Rwanda

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Virtual Gorilla Tours in Rwanda

After the increase of Rwanda gorilla permits prices from $750-$1500, wise tourists have already devised means of seeing the mountain gorillas on budget in the neighboring countries of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In May 2017, the Rwanda Development Board announced the increment of the gorilla permit price from US$750 to US$1500. The double price was aimed at turning Rwanda into a luxury gorilla safari destination. According to Belize Kalisa of RDB, the move was aimed at controlling the tourist numbers visiting the Rwandan Volcanoes National Park as well as increasing the revenues generated from gorilla tourism.

The increment in gorilla passes price affected many travelers across the globe as well as tour operators. Both local and international operators reported that the increment was to affect the prices of Rwanda safaris that are quite popular on the travel market.

At the end of the day, there was an increased demand for other gorilla passes for the neighboring destinations in Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. For while now every tourist who wish to track mountain gorillas in volcanoes national park of Rwanda must pay $1500 as gorilla permit fee. There is a high demand for gorilla permits in Uganda’s Bwindi Forest, the most popular destination attracting tourists interested in gorilla watching.

According to the survey done by stakeholders in the tourism industry, several travelers who have not been able to pay the gorilla permit fee of $1500 have found Uganda and Congo a ultimate solution to bypass paying the high gorilla permit fees  for Rwanda gorilla permits. These two destinations today attract a considerable number of budget travelers and even backpackers who prefer to travel on their own.

Rwanda Becomes a Transit Destination

Most of these tourists use Rwanda as the transit destination and a good number of tour packages start from Kigali the capital of Rwanda. A journey to Bwindi takes about 4-6 hours while a journey to Virunga takes 5 hours.

Today Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Mgahinga National Park, Virunga National Park and Kahuzi Biega National Park are the top budget gorilla safari destinations in Africa where most travelers make their way making the life time travel dream come true. If you want to track mountain gorillas on budget or get discounted gorilla trekking tours in the most convenient and amazing way, fly Rwanda and track gorillas in Uganda or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The high demand for gorilla tourism in Africa has changed the travel story for Uganda and Congo DRC and now they are the most amazing famous gorilla trekking spots across the globe for all kinds of travelers. Don’t miss the chance to look into the eyes of the giant silver back gorilla as it protects its family members just like a father in the home. The thick forest jungles are not just beautiful but being part of the life changing wildlife encounter in the forested environment is a rare experienced enjoyed only in Uganda, Rwanda and Congo DRC.

 

The Future of Africa’s Mountain Gorilla Conservation

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Mountain gorillas are quite intriguing wild species and one of most threatened species on planet earth. They are highly an endangered species due to the increasing levels of deforestation and global warming, human encroachment on their habitat, diseases, poaching and civil wars among others.

Belonging to the Eastern gorilla, the mountain gorillas can be seen around the forested mountains of the Virunga region that stretches from Northwestern Rwanda, Southwestern Uganda to the Eastern of The Democratic Republic of Congo. It is only in these regions that we find the surviving numbers of mountains gorillas in the whole world, which explains why so many tourists flock the countries of Uganda, Rwanda and DRC basically for this one life time encounter / experience with the marvelous Apes.

In the early 1990’s, the survival of these creatures was at a stake due to the existence of civil wars especially in the countries of Rwanda and The Democratic Republic of Congo where their habitats were at times used as fighting grounds. This led to a drastic decrease in their population numbers. And later on prompted the Uganda and Rwandan governments together with their wildlife organizations to introduce the mountain gorilla conservation and protection programs which have greatly contributed to the survival of these apes in the world today.

Several mountain gorilla conservation and protection programs have been established for the protection of these wildlife species such as; resettlement of the Batwa Pygmies of Uganda outside Bwindi Impenetrable natural forest thus reducing on habitat encroachment and hunting, The Mountain gorilla naming Ceremony of Rwanda in which Baby gorillas are named every year, the establishment of gorilla tracking rules like ( limiting the number of tourists visiting the gorillas, restricting human contact with the animals to reduce on the spread of diseases, forbidding sick visitors from visiting the gorillas, promotion of good sanitation in the vicinity of mountain gorillas etc.) these and many other measures have greatly contributed to the survival of mountain gorillas in the world today. This therefore explains the gradual increase in the mountain gorilla population to about 1000 surviving mountain gorillas.

It should be noted that half of this population is currently settled in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park and the remaining half distributed to Rwanda’s Volcanoes national park, Mgahinga national park of Uganda and The Virunga national park of Congo.

In these national parks, you find the habituated mountain gorilla families, which are available for tourists. To be a part of a gorilla tour in Africa, visitors must acquire the gorilla permits from the wildlife organizations in each country. Each singe day, 8 visitors are allowed to a single gorilla family in a day, staying only an hour with the creatures; watching them play, eat, tease each other in their locality while taking photographs and videos.

Recently, a new mountain gorilla hiking activity has been introduced; The mountain gorilla habituation experience, a process that involves taming and training the apes on how to coexist with human beings in their vicinity without any harm.
This great mountain gorilla encounter is found in the Rushaga sector of Bwindi Impenetrable forest national park of Uganda. There are basically two gorilla families that is; the Bushaho Gorilla family group and Biking Gorilla family group. This experience, offers tourists a chance of spending four (4) long hours interacting with the gorillas as compared to the mountain gorilla trekking activity where only an hour is allowed with the animals. Here, tourists are a part of the training team-teaching the gorillas how to behave when in the presence of visitors. Like all mountain gorilla activities, this too starts off early in the morning after early morning briefing rom the guides and forest rangers, and followed by the hike into the forest in search for these creatures. However, this can be enjoyed at a higher price as compared to mountain gorilla trekking, mountain gorilla habituation experience can be enjoyed at a cost of $1500 for the tickets which are available at the Uganda Wildlife Authority offices or through a trusted tour operator.

It should be noted that despite the risk at which mountain gorillas live ( being the most endangered species of wildlife), their survival in the future is very rampant due to the awakened growth and development of the tourism industry in the African countries of Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. As visitors buy permits, they directly participate in the spread of the conservation and protection programs worldwide back in their home countries thus contributing to the survival of these creatures. In addition to this, the money paid for the gorilla trekking permits and habituation tickets is further used in the conservation programs – funding the projects, paying off rangers and guides hence providing them with income thus limiting the poaching rates among others. As a matter of fact, the survival of mountain gorillas is greatly linked to the existence of the tourism industry that people get to learn the importance and value of wildlife in the world.

Where to See Gorillas: Bwindi Vs Volcanoes National Park

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Rwanda Volcanoes

The impenetrable jungles forests of Bwindi are famous for hosting a considerable population of the mountain gorillas in Uganda while Volcanoes National Park is home to Rwanda’s mountain gorillas. It should be noted that, in the past five year, Volcanoes National park has been the prime destination for gorilla safaris receiving most tourists interested in seeing the mountain gorillas. Tourists on Rwanda safaris were paying USD750 per permit which was slightly more expensive that the Bwindi permit till 5th may 2017 when Rwanda increased the cost of gorilla permit from US$ 750 to US$ 1500. The 100% increment of the gorilla passes  shocked many tourists who were planning to do gorilla treks in Volcanoes National Park, thus pushing a considerable number of visitors to Bwindi.

Many tourists cancelled their plan to avoid high cost of Rwanda gorilla permit and decide to visit Bwindi Impenetrable national Park.  If you book 2 days Uganda Gorilla safari with budget accommodation, US$ 1500 can pay for the whole trip but in Rwanda it only cater for gorilla permit.

Uganda gorilla permit is maintained at US$ 600 amidst Rwanda’s high cost so, tourists find much cheaper to trek gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park. In addition to that, Uganda offers discounted gorilla permits in low season (April, May and November). In low season, Uganda gorilla permit cost US$ 450 to foreign visitors, UGX150,000 to Ugandans and US$400 to east African residents.  Such offers act as pull factor to many visitors to come to Uganda instead of going to Rwanda.

The UNESCO world heritage site of Bwindi hosts a larger number of mountain gorillas. It is believed that half of the world’s mountain gorillas are found in Bwindi Forest.  Many tourists are attracted to the park where they will see a variety.  Currently, Bwindi Impenetrable National park hosts 14 habituated Gorilla groups while Volcanoes National Park has ten.

Bwindi Impenetrable National park has four gorilla trekking centres or trails namely: Nkuringo trail, Rushaga trail, Buhoma trail and Ruhija trail.  Tourists are free to trek gorillas where they feel like basing on the type of accommodation they want to stay.  Guests, whose travel dates are flexible, can visit all the four trails to explore the park.

The short distance from Kigali, Rwanda to Bwindi impenetrable National Park. The 3- 4 hours’ drive from Kigali to Bwindi attracts visitors from Rwanda to trek Uganda gorillas. Most of the visitors fly into and depart from Kigali Airport.

Presence of Entebbe and Kigali Airport- some visitors use Entebbe Airport while other uses Kigali Airport. The two major entry points make it easier for visitors to trek Uganda Gorillas. Flight fares also determine the number of visitors to visit the country. It is believed that Rwandair offers pocket friendly flight to Entebbe and Kigali Airport.

Presence of East Africa tourist visa which allow visitors to enter all East African countries with much ease. East African countries include Kenya, Tanzania, Burundi, South Sudan and Uganda where you can enter using the same visa at US$ 100 each.  It should be noted that visas are booked on line in advance but payment is done on arrival at Entebbe or Kigali Airport. The easy procedure to get East Africa Tourist visa has boosted tourism in East Africa.

Bwindi Offers a variety of tourist attractions and activities like gorilla trekking, birding, nature walks, Batwa community tour, Forest walks among others. Such attractions forces visitors to go to Bwindi Impenetrable National park.

Presence of better safari Lodges ranging from Budget to Luxury accommodation. Bwindi offers world class accommodation and among the best accommodation include Mahogany spring Lodge, Nkuringo Bwindi Gorilla Lodge, Gorilla safari Lodge, Silverback Lodge, Clouds Lodge, Chameleon Hill Lodge and so on.

Uganda offers the best gorilla trekking experiences in rain forest – the tall trees offers pure oxygen and breath taking view of the green vegetation. Volcanoes National park is made up of bamboo forest.

7 Money Saving Tips for Your Wedding Transportation

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Wedding Cars in Uganda

Are you planning your wedding ceremony but you do not have adequate resources? Wedding parties require a lot of budgeting it doesn’t matter what your total cost! If you are seeking ways of cutting down the costs on your wedding vehicle but still remain within that classic, stylish during your special day, we have listed some of the ways that you easily apply to save some money on bridal car and we feel they will of great help to you.

You can use a bus

This may not necessarily denote a local bus but you can get one of the best and budget bus for your day and this can be more cost effective  compared to if you rented several wedding vehicles to accommodate all the guests and this means that you can decide to bring all of them at once. This may not as stylish as a coach ore minibus but you can decorate it well with wedding ribbons and flowers just to make it also look so special.

Minicabs and taxis

For those of you who want the most surprising wedding transportation but you are not in position to rent a vintage car for you and your parents, the groom and the best man or your mum and all the other bridesmaids, you can choose to rent one remarkable vehicle for just wedding photos and have the rest of the bridal party come in a bit less than the minicabs or even be delivered by friends or family members who have cars. You can get a local cab company which provides stylish new vehicles which are a bit special and inquire if they can help decorate it for you to suit within the wedding ceremony.

Embark on your bikes

In case your wedding venues are nearer, then be environmentally friendly and save the natural environment by simply using your own bikes. The brides may not be in position to do this in a ball gown. You can decorate your bicycles with flowers and ribbons or pearls and make sure that you invest much on a tandem which you can use for many years to come.

Have it in traditional walk

In case you are lucky enough to live nearer o wedding venue and reception then you can take traditional walk with your bride and all your guests behind you. This will come with remarkable wedding photos.

Be aware of the season

Did you know that there is peak and low season when it comes to renting wedding cars? If you are keen enough, you can save up to 50 percent on low a season compared to if you hired a car during the peak season which come with high prices.

Incorporate wedding car with honeymoon

In case you are getting married abroad, you can save some money by organizing a wedding vehicle as well as honeymoon in one package. You can choose to have a honeymoon road trip and rent the best vehicle to cater for both the party and your travel.

Ask a family member or friend for a car

In case your friends or family member has one of the classic cars then you can get together and use his or her car to make the day colorful for you too and at the end of the day you would have cut costs of renting many cars.

In conclusion, wedding ceremonies are costly and require adequate planning but if the above tips are fully followed, you will certainly have a chance to save some money during your wedding day and use it for other plans as you start your new life.

Namibia holds land talks October

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Namibia’s President Hage Geingob at the heroes event: he is calling a land conference in October

Namibia will hold countrywide land expropriation talks as the nation grapples with political and ethnic tensions over the transfer of wealth to its majority black population.

President Hage Gottfried Geingob, speaking at a Heroes’ Day commemoration event in Nkurenkuru, Kavango-West, about 700 kms (440 miles) from the capital Windhoek, said the Second National Land Conference would begin in October.

He said the conference would address the willing-seller, willing-buyer principle, ancestral land claims for restitution, expropriation in public interest with just compensation, urban land reform and resettlement criteria.

Namibia’s neighbour and regional economic powerhouse South Africa is also in the process of amending land ownership laws, causing investor jitters locally and abroad, leading to a controversial tweet by United States President Donald Trump this week criticising the move by South Africa.

Namibia wants to transfer 43 percent, or 15 million hectares of its arable agricultural land, to previously disadvantaged blacks by 2020. By the end of 2015, 27 percent was redistributed, according to the Namibia Agriculture Union.

Critics say the current land resettlement program has failed to adequately address the land question in Namibia whose ownership is currently skewed in favour of a tiny white minority.

“Government is opening up these difficult policy conversations because no one should be under the illusion that our fight for freedom is complete,” Geingob said.

In tweets about the event, Geingob wrote: “In my Heroes Day speech today in Nkurenkuru, Kavango-West, I said that we have achieved Unity and Liberty, two of three key principles inscribed in our Coat of Arms and embodied in our Constitution. The third and last principle, JUSTICE is the second phase of our struggle.

“I have committed Government to pursue all possible means to deal with income disparities, high unemployment and pockets of extreme poverty. We can only truly honour our heroes and heroines if we commit the wealth of the country they bled and died for in their children’s hands”.

Geingob has previously said the government should evoke part of the Constitution allowing for land expropriation with fair compensation since the redistribution process has been slow.

In April Namibia scrapped a clause in its economic empowerment framework that would have forced white businesses to sell a 25 percent stake to previously disadvantaged blacks, saying the state did not have enough resources to invest in empowerment transactions.

Source: (NAN)

Visit Rwanda & Experience a Honeymoon Differently

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Honeymoon in Rwanda

For sure, anywhere is romantic with your loved one but some destinations make romantic love more enjoyable. Among the adventurous destination is Rwanda – the land of a thousand hills include Volcanoes National Park, Akagera National Park, Lake Kivu, Nyungwe Forest National Park and so on. Staying up hills with your loved one is memorable. Rwanda is situated in the mountainous region comprising of Virunga ranges including Visoke/ Bisoke, Karisoke, Sabinyo, Gahinga and so on.

At Kigali International Airport, the guide/ driver gives honeymooners a warm welcome – some times are surprised with a welcoming decorated flowers or some thing similar to ensure they are at home. Always the first impression means a lot – the guide tune them selves in the mood of welcoming visitors in a new relationship.

From the Airport, honeymooners are transported in 4 wheel drive safari vehicle with a pop up roof for clear viewing and excellent photographing. The guide ensures that honeymooners are driven carefully to avoid stressing them. The honeymoon guide/ driver ensure that the visitors are taken to rest in a recommended accommodation chosen by the visitors them selves.

On arrival at the Hotel/ Lodge, the staff handles the honeymooners in a special way, meals are served but they can decide to begin with massage, steam bath/ sauna and so on. They are then taken to their self contained room suitable and the room must be prepared accordingly.

In Rwanda, Honeymooners are given special treatment and privacy is highly reserved – the Lodges / Hotels prepare rooms for honeymooners in special way, private and self contained to enable visitors enjoy them selves.

In the morning, the visitors are served with breakfast and then meet their guide/ drive for briefing before embarking on the safari according to their itinerary. Exploring Kigali is inevitable; the city has historical places like museums, Local art and craft shops, fruit markets, Radio and Television stations, Education centres like schools, Universities among others. Entertainment centres like theatres, cinema Halls and many more.

Leave Kigali to Rwanda’s wildness – the country has three National Parks namely Volcanoes, Nyungwe and Akagera but each different attractions and purpose. The major activity in Akagera National Park is game drive to view a variety of birds and animals- thus the safari vehicle must have a pop up roof for viewing and photographing.

The Nyungwe National park is a home of more than 13 primates including chimpanzees – the most entertaining and intelligent apes. The visit to Nyungwe forest will reward the view of Blue Monkeys, Vervet monkey, Grey- cheeked mangabey, L’Hoest’s Monkey, the red-tailed monkeys, angola colobus, owl- faced monkeys and above all the chimpanzees.

Gorilla trekking in Volcanoes National park is the climax to all Rwanda safaris – the trek cost US$ 750 each permit and eight people are allocated to each Gorilla group. The cool temperatures in Rwanda characterized by day sun light gives a clear picture of the true African wilderness. While in Rwanda’s wilderness, help you forget the stressful life in towns of your destination.

In most cases, honeymooners make choice of the safari according to their interest, budget and schedule -the guide will follow the itinerary accordingly.

Planning a Gorilla Trek in Uganda & Rwanda

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Gorilla Charges

Do you really need to do something different this summer? On your holiday in Africa, why not go for a gorilla trekking safari in Uganda or Rwanda? A safari to the gorillas is one of the most memorable adventures one can ever take while in Africa. The experience and feel of sitting amidst these great apes that are three times as big as an average man cannot be compared with any other adventure on earth.

If you are planning to travel this summer you should consider booking a gorilla safari in Uganda or Rwanda. wondering about how to get this dream adventure come true? Here is the complete guide to how you can plan a gorilla trek in Africa.

Where to Go

Uganda hosts nearly half of the remaining population of mountain gorillas i the world. These great apes are protected in two Ugandan parks; Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Mgahinga National Park. Bwindi hosts the largest population of mountain gorillas and there are about 14 gorilla groups that have been habituated for gorilla watching. Gorilla permits for those groups can be bought from the Uganda Wildlife Authority in Kampala or at the park headquarters. Most travelers book these gorilla permits from local tour operators and each permits costs USD600 per trek during peak season. At times there are promos for gorilla permits and you can reserve one at USD350 during the offpeak season – April, May and November.

Mgahinga is the continuation of the forests of the Virunga Region that protects the remaining home of the mountain gorillas. There is one habituated gorilla group in Mgahinga National Park called the Nyakagezi Gorilla Group.

The Volcanoes National Park of Rwanda is another rewarding place to go gorilla trekking in Africa. This is the Rwandan part protecting the Virunga gorillas and it is the most accessible destination.

Check out some Packaged safaris

Searching for some action packed adventure? The Gorilla Trekking Safaris will provide you with that and so substantially more. Take a unique chance to visit some extremely rich wildlife in an extraordinary trip to throughout Uganda’s safari destinations. Provided that you need a short trip, you can choose the 3 day gorilla trek Safari to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park.

Get a great feel of how the temperature and elements change around the equator.

Likewise, get your camera to take some incredible pictures of the not only wildlife but the environment and the landscape.

There is also a great opportunity to try some of the local top foods. Get a sense of culture with the traditional dances. After that everything said and done, take the time to get a hike to see the moving of the gorillas.

What to Pack

Make sure you pack up some great boots and socks.

Is a Family Safari Possible?

I decided to take my family to Uganda rather than the countries that I usually visit. This came as a good surprise to the family when I proposed that we head off to Uganda on a vacation. Since they didn’t know much about this destination, they went online and researched the country, and they fell in love with everything this country has to offer. Everyone is excited about going there. I have booked the trip 3 months back, and my children can talk about this trip. I’m excited about the trip, yet I have the feeling that my kids are more excited than I am. This is the first time that I’ve seen them show such excitement about a particular vacation destination. Well, I guess I should be happy that I made the right choice.

Tourism A Tool To Alleviate Poverty in Rwanda

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Rwanda is a developing country located in east Africa. It’s a very small country that in the early 1990’s faced a great tragedy (1993) Rwandan genocide that lead to the destruction of the country’s economy including the major wildlife destinations. Economic activity was also disrupted by the genocide forcing many people to exile especially to the neighboring countries like Uganda, Tanzania, Burundi and DRC. The war ended after just three months but it had caused a lot of harm to the people and to the economy. The Rwandan government then had to start a recovery journey to make Rwanda a business center and also among the leading safari destinations in Africa.

In 1999, some of the major national parks were reopened for tourist visitation especially those interested in viewing wildlife while many dark tourism sites re emerged. On return from exile, many Rwandese had been displaced and were unemployed which increased poverty levels in the country. With those entire happenings, the Rwandan government had to identify its major strength so that it could reduce poverty especially among the local people. Of the identified strengths was tourism, which was identified as a means of wiping out poverty in Rwanda.

Rwanda is naturally endowed with a number of attractions especially wildlife with rare wildlife especially in volcanoes national park which is inhabited by the endangered mountain gorillas as well as the golden monkeys. There is also savanna wildlife in Akagera national park featuring wild animals like crocodiles, hippos, baboons, lions, elephants, giraffes, zebras as well as the chimpanzees of Nyungwe forest national park located in southwestern Rwanda.

Over the past wars period, the tourism industry in Rwanda has proved to be the fastest growing sector in Rwanda attracting a lot of investment especially in the hotel sector in the different wildlife destination in the country. The hotel industry has acted as a source of market for the locally grown food crops. Many of the locals have also been employed in the hotel industry as managers, waiters, and waitresses and in many other areas thus enabling them to earn a living and improve the welfare of their families.

Other local Rwandese have been employed in the major national parks of Rwanda as guides and game rangers, anti poaching guards. The local people have been around these major attractions and therefore provide the needed information to tourists who most times end up tipping them for the good service they provide. Around volcanoes national park, some local people are hired as porters which another tourism avenue they use to earn income.

The tourism industry in Rwanda has also attracted a number of tourists who usually visit the local communities and end up directly giving direct income support to those in need like the orphans and widows. This has also given chance to a number of poor people to improve their welfare.

5% percentage from the collections from tourists park entrance fees, gorilla trekking permits and chimpanzee tracking permits are given back to the community in form of revenue sharing and the money is used in improving social services in the communities like building schools, medical centers and other local community development projects.

Many tourists also buy a number of locally made products directly from the local Rwandese. Examples of these are the many handcrafts that are sold in many craft shops around Kigali. There are also many eateries owned the local business men and women where tourists buy local food which also enables the people to earn a living.

With all the above-mentioned benefits that have come along with the development of the tourism industry in Rwanda the land of a thousand hills, poverty levels are expected to reduce at a reasonable rate.